Jasmine Maki is a features reporter for Accent. Her main beats are arts and entertainment and life and style. She also occasionally covers health, family and TV.
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FINLEY, N.D. -- Halfway through its first season, MTV’s “Are You the One?” has taken Finley native Dillan Ostrom on an emotional roller-coaster ride. On the show, Ostrom has found his perfect match, said goodbye to his new friends and moved into the honeymoon suite. Off the show, he has grown his following on Twitter to 10,500 plus and is being recognized everywhere he goes.
They are not professionals, nor are they amateurs. Most fall somewhere in between. They bring their cameras along on vacations and country drives. They seek out wildlife and landscapes. They chase the sunrise over the hills and capture the sun setting across the field. But, once a year the couple dozen local photographers go through their work, select the best shots and submit them to the East Grand Forks Campbell Library’s Exposures photography contest.
If anyone knows how to travel cheaply, it’s UND graduate student Christine Glieden. Last summer, Glieden traveled to 14 countries throughout Europe over the span of nine weeks. Her trip — including transportation, lodging, food and attractions — cost only $6,000. That’s $95 a day, which is less than some people spend just on a hotel. “People can’t figure out how I did it, but I did,” Glieden said.
A photograph from the North Dakota Museum of Art’s “Songs for Spirit Lake” exhibition recently received a World Press Photo award, gaining world-wide recognition. Photographer Rena Effendi, one of six artists commissioned for the exhibition, captured the photograph of 10-year-old Dasan Cavanaugh at the Spirit Lake Reservation in April 2013. Now, that photo of the shirtless young boy with long brown hair will travel the world with other prize-winning photographs.
“I missed out on a lot of things being fat,” said John Conroy, of Washington, D.C. “I never learned to swim because I was never 30 minutes past a meal,” he added, sending the crowd into laughter Wednesday night at Dreamer’s Lounge in Grand Forks. Tucked away in the dimmed bar at the Ramada Inn, Conroy stood on the small stage sharing dark yet comical stories about going through detox and humorous commentary on the Oscar nominees, during the weekly comedy show.
With graduation just around the corner, Becki DeGeest, of Moorhead, Minn., might not know what is in store for her future as she endlessly applies for various jobs in cities around the world. But, she knows one thing that’s not in her future: children. “It’s not in the plan, anyway,” she said.
With extravagant costumes and sultry dancing, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet will take a Grand Forks audience on Wednesday to Paris at the turn of the 20th century. “Moulin Rouge: The Ballet,” loosely based on the 2001 film starring Nicole Kidman, is a tragic love story that its stars say is very approachable to those new to ballet. “I think this is probably one of the beginner ballets, like ‘Nutcracker,’” said Eric Nipp.
As the district manager of Deb Shops, Theresa Borgen, of Minneapolis, was in Grand Forks for a two-day business trip this month. For a check-in with her Columbia Mall store, she wore dark skinny jeans with a tailored white polka-dot blazer. The black and white tops with nude pumps and a long pearl necklace created a classic contemporary look perfect for a day at the mall or a night out.
At the start of the year, we make a commitment to change our lives. We get a gym membership, buy a ton of healthy food, create a monthly budget, but when the Special K runs out, we can quickly slip into old routines.
Backstroke, kickboards and flippers were all acceptable as the boys of the KnightRiders swimming and diving team took the pool for the sixth annual KnightRiders Swim-A-Thon on Saturday. The 25 athletes swam a total of 206.9 miles during the six-hour event, which fell short of their total of 241 miles last